Dia De Los Muertos Research Paper

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Many have at least heard about it, or even saw something about it somewhere in the U.S. Dias de los Muertos, or Days of the Dead, is a time to remember the dead, and, in a greater context, celebrate and aknowledge mortality. Since Halloween has passed, and the Days of the Dead have started, I'd like to give some words about what these days are about. Days instead of Day? It is widely seen as Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), making it sound like it is one day. It is good to point out that it is in fact two, and sometimes three days, depending on who you ask. The Church refers to these days as Dia de los Santos (Day of all Saints), and Dia de los Fieles Difuntos (Day of the Faithful Departed). They would make us believe that we are to honor the Catholic 'faithfuls' only. However, that doesn't stop us from adding our "splash of Tequila" to the belief systems.…show more content…
Saints and sinners would all come in their designated days, children November 1, and adults November 2. After all, once your dead, what's the point of discriminating! During this time, we lay out altars that contain pictures of our dead loved ones, with their favorite foods and beverages, and flowers and candles that help guide them. While the Church only wants us to remember the departed, proclaiming the contact of their spirits a sin, most will treat them as if they were there in flesh and blood (sometimes). Some will pray directly to them, call them near, and try to communicate. A good time for a family reunion. Tequila, mescal, and other alcoholic drinks are left out to invite the spirits to party. Many towns in Mexico set parades, but some of us in the U.S. don't have the luxury of those kinds of things, so we make do with simple altars at home. Songs are sung, dances are laid out, and festive times are set out up to November 2, when the Dead must go back to the other

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